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St. James Way (incl.Vino, Tapas, Peaks & Turns)

Saturday, September 7, 2019 | Pierre Baumgärtner / Michaela Achatzi / Paul Kustermann | Europe

 St. James Way (Tapas, Peaks & Turns) El Camino de Santiago... (The Pilgrim's Way) to the burial place of the Apostle Jacob is a vast network of walking trails throughout all of Europe which converge in north western Spain to culminate in the ancient city Santiago de Compostela. Since the 12 century people have been making this journey, establishing it as a significant European cultural heritage. It is a jorney which traditionally changes, humbles and inspires people for the sheer beauty of the many natural and man made wonders along its path through the Pyrenees and Cantabrian Mountains of nothern Spain and the "Royal" ancient cities" of Jaca, Pamplona,  Estella, Burgos und León. Inspired. Curious. We have set out on a motorcycle pilgrimage to explore the magic of this region. Here are some impressions of our adventure....

on the trace from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela

Most modern pilgrims chose the most arduous of Caminos, from the French border in St Jean Pied de Port and walk over 800 kilometers (500 miles) and abut 5 weeks  to complete their pilgrimage travel. The stories of the personal transformations that occur on this lengthy physical journey abound. Each one  is fascinating. 

 We, however have chosen to take a 4000 km ( 3000 mi) loop  on our horses coming from the south. We will cross the St. James way  numerous times  and additional we wiill experience as well all the beauties the country is offering.  Mountain ranges, endless wine valleys, famous cities, silent and quiet villages, Castles, Monestries , and a lot of history and fairytales along our Tour.  

Following the yellow blue signs and the "St. James" shell along the way ....

Arrival in Madrid, Welcome Briefing and Dinner

Everybody came in safely and on time. Some even came a bit earlier to take the chance to visit Alcala de Henares east of Madrid. Alcala´s most famous son  is Miguel de Cervantes (*1547 - †1616)   the author of "Don Quichote"... you can visit his birthplace on the main boulevard of the city. 

Birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes

All prepared and set up for the Welcome Briefing

From left..Mary, Michaela, Paul, Susanne, Pierre, Steven and Minoo

Today a typical dish of Madrid was served, Bacalao stuffed with red pepper and shrimps..... what do you want more.....

Madrid to Soria

Steven & Minoo
Somewhere in the Mountains, we found a really nice spot for lunch...A hidden treasure and a real orginal place

Soria to Pamplona

Today was an extremely nice day since we rode through the most beautiful wine area such as Rioja, Navavrra and Duero... of course we could not taste during the day, however n the evening we always had a good drop of it and a lot of fun.....

The largest wine area in Europe
Through which we drive.

La Rioja

La Rioja

Fastest Pit Stop ever,,,, we had a flat tire on the RT and within 15 minutes we got new shoes for the horse......This wa record great job done at the BMW Garage in Pamplona...

Pamplona Sunset

Restday Ride Pamplona

Today we had a fantastic ridning day in terms of weather and breathtaking scenery. We started quite early so that we can spend some time in San Sebastian and in Pamplona, 2 very exciting and historical  interesting  cities...... Follow us  

In riders heaven, above the clouds of the Mountain ranges between Pamplona and San Sebastian.

Steven and Minoo

A lot of traffic here all kinds of animals.

Famous beach of San Sebastian at about 32ºC...

Of course we could not miss to stop by at one of the Tapas Bar.....eating these Pinxos....

Cervera de Pisuerga to León

Beautiful Leon at day

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From inside cathedral in Leon
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Angela de Haan
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 04:39

Hi Mary, Steven & Minoo, Paul, Pierre, Michaela, and the rest of the group,

I wish all of you great rides in the beautiful north of Spain !!! I would have loved to be there, too. Love this area.
Always keep the rubber side down.
Best wishes from Peru,
Pierre Baumgärtner
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 00:43

Hi Angela,
thanks, we have a blast and are enjoying every single tapa and curve on this wonderful Tour.,-). Best regards from everyone and enjoy your stay in Peru.
Cheers Pierre


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